Brevard County Mosquito Control: What Kinds of Mosquitoes are We Fighting?

Author: Mosquito Squad of Melbourne-Port Saint Lucie

Were you aware that there are 80 types of mosquitoes present in Florida? That is more than any other state. Of course, just because there are 80 kinds, that doesn’t mean that 80 different types of mosquitoes are bothering us.

Only 33 of those actually cause problems for humans and domesticated animals. When we say problems, that can possibly mean just annoyance, but 13 of those 33 types of mosquitoes carry disease that can be transmitted to humans and pets.

The University of Florida has created a mosquito database that describes each of these mosquitoes detailing their habits, the diseases they carry, and other general information. We are going to highlight just a few for you below:

Aedes aegypti

These are mostly active during the day. They can be found all over the state and they carry yellow fever and dengue. They feed on humans and deposit their eggs in containers on water’s surface or just above it.

Aedes albopictus

Also present all over the state, this mosquito feeds on humans and small mammals such as dogs and rabbits. They deposit eggs in containers and trees on the water’s surface. They carry dengue and are daytime feeders.

Aedes vexans

Another mosquito with presence all over the state, this can affect humans and livestock by transmitting eastern equine encephalitis and can also affect our dogs by transmitting heartworms. They lay their eggs in temporary pools and irrigation waters. They generally feed at dusk or after dark, but can also be found in shaded areas during the day. Unlike the two described above, this mosquito can travel a fair distance.

Anopheles crucians

This mosquito feeds day and night. It’s found statewide and can carry malaria. It lays eggs in ponds and pools that hold vegetation. It feeds on humans and mammals.

Culex salinarius

Just to remind you that we have mosquitoes year round, here is one that likes cooler months. It is present statewide and likes clean freshwater pools and marshes. It doesn’t carry disease, but it likes to feed on humans and birds, so not dangerous but still annoying.

Culex Nigripalpus

These mosquitoes do something interesting. They like to lay their eggs in floodwaters so they tend to hold onto them until a rain event. Therefore, after a big rain, you could be easily swarmed by them. They are present statewide and feed on humans and animals. They carry St. Louis and West Nile virus as well as heartworms.

Mansonia titillans

These are widespread throughout Southern Florida, while not so much in the panhandle area. They feed on humans in the early evening. They can transmit Venezuelan equine encephalitis and heartworms and can travel long distances.

Brevard County Mosquito Control: What is the Government Doing?

The above is just a sample of all of the mosquitoes you will find here and our mosquito season is year round. Therefore government agencies spend a lot of time and effort monitoring and killing mosquitoes from the larvae level to the adult level. They work 6-7 days a week, beginning in the early morning. Check with Brevard County to know when and what areas will be sprayed for mosquitoes.

Government mosquito control is a wonderful thing, it keeps the total population down but it doesn’t really make it into your backyard. This is where Brevard County mosquito control becomes an individual responsibility. It starts with making sure your yard is not a thriving mosquito habitat. Removing standing water, tipping pools and pales, tightening tarps so that they can’t hold water: all important in controlling the mosquitoes in your own yard.

Professional Backyard Mosquito Control

And then there is mosquito treatment. That is where you don’t have to fight this battle alone. At Mosquito Squad of Melbourne- Port Saint Lucie our barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property no matter the species. Having information about the different types of mosquitoes is great knowledge to have, but when you are swatting them away how often do you take time to see what they look like? Are you going to know if they are one of the dangerous 13? Protection from disease means ridding yourself of the source. We can do that. Call us today. (772) 571-4015